WEB EVENTS

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Jul
22
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Aston Rowant @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
Jul 22 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Aston Rowant @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve | Stokenchurch | England | United Kingdom

Our regular monthly visit to Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns. The site is managed by Natural England and, as usual, we’ll be working under the guidance of one of the site wardens. Summer time work at Aston Rowant could be fencing, path work, or looking after the sheep. As usual, the details of the planned work will be announced on the mailing list in the week preceding the task. So if you’re not already on our mailing list, then now is the time to join it (https://www.ocv.org.uk/list.php).

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:

1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the weekly email to find out exactly where we’ll be). We’re normally back in Oxford before 5pm.

Jul
27
Fri
Teach Earth Training Weekends @ Earthwatch
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day
Teach Earth Training Weekends @ Earthwatch | England | United Kingdom

Calling all education professionals, are you wanting to take learning outside the classroom and connect your students to nature?

If yes, sign up to Teach Earth 2018. Attend a two day immersive weekend in Oxfordshire or mid-Wales this Spring/Summer 2018 exploring outdoor learning, citizen science and the Sustainable Development Goals and learn how to link these into the national curriculum. Places are available now for £50 per person including accommodation, food, materials and training. Check out our webpage for more details: http://eu.earthwatch.org/education/teach-earth

Jul
29
Sun
Build a boardwalk @ Greenmoor Ponds, Woodcote, RG8 0RW
Jul 29 all-day
Build a boardwalk @ Greenmoor Ponds, Woodcote, RG8 0RW | England | United Kingdom

A new site for OCV in the Chilterns AONB, managed and cared for by the Woodcote Conservation Group. The plan is to build two relatively short stretches of boardwalk that will serve to bridge a pair of parallel ditches, and so give pedestrian access to and from a lane that runs along the southern edge of the site.

Note that Woodcote is further afield than usual for OCV so it’s likely that we’ll be back in Oxford later than usual. Watch out for the weekly email for details.

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:

1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the weekly email to find out exactly where we’ll be). We’re normally back in Oxford by 5pm.

Aug
5
Sun
Build a boardwalk @ Greenmoor Ponds, Woodcote
Aug 5 all-day
Build a boardwalk @ Greenmoor Ponds, Woodcote | England | United Kingdom

A new site for OCV in the Chilterns AONB, managed and cared for by the Woodcote Conservation Group. The plan is to build two relatively short stretches of boardwalk that will serve to bridge a pair of parallel ditches, and so give pedestrian access to and from a lane that runs along the southern edge of the site. This is the second task to complete the work, so we’ll be carrying on from the previous weeks work.

Note that Woodcote is further afield than usual for OCV so it’s likely that we’ll be back in Oxford later than usual. Watch out for the weekly email for details.

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:

1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the weekly email to find out exactly where we’ll be). We’re normally back in Oxford by 5pm.

Aug
12
Sun
Meadow Mowing & Raking at Iffley Island @ Iffley Island
Aug 12 all-day
Meadow Mowing & Raking at Iffley Island @ Iffley Island | England | United Kingdom

A traditional OCV task for high summer: our regular cut of this SSSI by the Thames, on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust.

We’ll cut the sedge and reeds and rake the cuttings off so they won’t enrich the soil. The end result is beneficial to the wild flowers on the site, and, in particular, to the fritillaries hereabouts. If the sun shines this is one of the high-lights of the OCV calendar. As last year we’ll be using our set of Austrian Scythes

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:

1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the weekly task email for instructions).

Aug
18
Sat
Moth morning @ Farmoor Reservoir
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Moth morning @ Farmoor Reservoir  | Cumnor | England | United Kingdom

Come along to our moth morning identification and see what species are found at Farmoor and by the river Thames. No experience necessary, Tea/Coffee and good company provided!!

Aug
26
Sun
The Big Hay Rake @ St Marys Fields, Kidlington
Aug 26 all-day
The Big Hay Rake @ St Marys Fields, Kidlington | England | United Kingdom

We’ll be working with the determined group of locals who maintain this popular conservation area owned by the local parish council and situated between St. Mary’s Church and the river Cherwell. The job is to rake off the mown material from the yearly grass-cut. This is important to keep the fertility of the soil low and so encourage the rarer plants and wildflowers.

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:

1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am

or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer!

Sep
14
Fri
Call of the Forest – The Hidden Wisdom of Trees @ Finstock Village Hall
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Call of the Forest - The Hidden Wisdom of Trees @ Finstock Village Hall | Finstock | England | United Kingdom

Visionary scientist.Diana Beresford-Kroeger opens our eyes to what is for many of us the unfamiliar world of the forest. Her journey goes from Japan to California and Ireland to Germany, meeting people who are taking the lead to replant, restore and protect the last of the great ancient species forests.
This film is being shown under licence to a maximum of thirty people, and entry is free. After the film there will be time for discussion.

Sep
15
Sat
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor
Sep 15 all-day
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor | England | United Kingdom

An introduction to the ecology of otters, covering their distribution, diet and behaviour. You will learn about key field signs to look out for and the methods used to survey for otters. See our website for more details.

Sep
16
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Simon’s Land @ Simon's Land
Sep 16 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Simon's Land @ Simon's Land | England | United Kingdom

Simon’s Land is a secluded half acre of gently sloping reed-bed leads down to the Thames to the North of Sandford. The river bank was once the mooring site of the former Magdalen College Barge. In March 2007 the land was donated to the Oxford Preservation Trust by Mr and Mrs Simons of Boars Hill. This will be our second visit of the summer. We’ll knock back any re-growth in the reed bed and tackle the large bramble patch that borders the upstream side of the site. There may also be some coppicing to do and some work to help dam the natural springs to enhance the wetland characteristics of the site. As before, we’ll be working on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust. It’ll be wet underfoot so bring wellies!

We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.

Under-18s are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:
1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am

or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer (check the website, or weekly email to find out exactly where).